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Wilmcote Station

GWR Route: North Warwickshire Line

Ian writes, ' I live in Canada, but am originally from Wilmcote. The pictures of Wilmcote station brings back vivid memories. My grandfather (Arthur Robbins) was a signalman in the Wilmcote box. Probably from the late 1930s until he retired in the 1960's. I have many happy memories of being in the box watching him work. I also took the train every school day from Wilmcote to Stratford for high school. The other interesting information I found was the information about the tram link to the Wilmcote quarries. As a small lad I played in the Gypsy Hall quarry site. My grandfather, lived in an old quarry workers Cottage in station road, just down from the station. (Now demolished)'.

Much of the information on this and other pages of Warwickshire Railways is derived from articles or books listed in our 'bibliography'.

Wilmcote Station (30) Wilmcote Lime Quarries (2)

Original single platform station

View looking towards Bearley station of the original single mixed gauge station and goods yard which opened in October 1860
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View looking towards Bearley station of the original mixed gauge station and goods yard which opened in October 1860
Close up showing the simple station structure on the platform and the open and covered wagons in the goods yard behind
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C Maggs
Close up of the simple station structure on the platform and the open and covered wagons in the goods yard behind
View of the first Wilmcote Station looking south towards Featherbed Lane bridge and Stratford circa 1903
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HMRS AAM215
View of the first Wilmcote Station looking south towards Featherbed Lane bridge and Stratford circa 1903
View of the remains of original station building located alongside of Wilmcote Signal Box on 29th May 1950
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HMRS AAM215
Close up of the northern end of the station's building and a modesty screen protecting the Gentlemen's toilets
View of the remains of original station building located alongside of Wilmcote Signal Box on 29th May 1950
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J Alsop
View of the remains of original station building located alongside of Wilmcote Signal Box on 29th May 1950

Replacement 1908 double track station

GWR railway photo
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Postcard
Looking to Birmingham with the up platform on the left and the original 1860 station seen beneath the road bridge
Close up showing the main station building located on the up platform and the modesty screen located at the Stratford upon Avon end of the building
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Postcard
Close up of the main station and the modesty screen to the Gent's toilets located at the end of the building
Close up showing the original 1860 station under the arch and the smaller down platform building with the gentlemens toilet nearest the camera
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Postcard
Close up of the original 1860 station and the down platform building with the gentlemens toilet nearest the camera
GWR railway photo
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Postcard
Looking towards Birmingham showing the up platform on the left and the new covered passenger footbridge
Close up showing the up platform and main station building,  the footpath to Station Road and the bottom of the steps of the passenger footbridge
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Postcard
Close up of the up platform and main station building, the footpath to Station Road and the steps of the footbridge

Close up showing the original 1860 station platform and building plus Wilmcote Signal Box seen through the archway the bridge carrying Station Road over the railway
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Postcard
Close up of the original 1860 station and Wilmcote Signal Box seen through the archway of Station Road bridge
Close up showing the Stratford upon Avon end of Wilmcote station's down platform passenger building with the gentlemen's toilet in the gable end
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Postcard
Close up showing the Stratford upon Avon end of Wilmcote station's down platform passenger building
GWR railway photo
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Looking to Stratford upon Avon with the down platform on the left and the up refuge siding beyond the up platform
GWR railway photo
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P Hopkins
Close up of the Bearley end of the station's down platform structure which accommodated only a waiting room
GWR railway photo
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P Hopkins
Close up of Wilmcote station's up platform and refuge siding located at the Stratford upon Avon end of the platform

Looking towards a freight service standing in the refuge siding in the distance on the right whilst the up main line signal is in the off position
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Anon
A freight service stands in the refuge siding in the distance whilst the up main line signal is in the off position
GWR railway photo
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Lens of Sutton
An elevated view from Station Road bridge looking to the Stratford upon Avon showing Wilmcote station
GWR railway photo
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Close up showing the original 1860 station building now used as accommodation in the goods yard
Close up showing Wilmcote station's original 1860 station building with much shortened platform and Wilmcote Signal Box
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M Mensing
Close up of Wilmcote station's original 1860 station building with much shortened platform and Wilmcote Signal Box
Close up showing the rake of new wagons being hauled past a line side permanent way hut
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HW Robinson
Close up showing the rake of new wagons being hauled past a line side permanent way hut

Locomotives seen at or near Wilmecote station

GWR 2-8-0T 5205 class No 5233 is seen at the head of a train of brand new mainly 12 ton five-plank wagons as it climbs Wilmcote Bank
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HW Robinson
GWR 2-8-0T No 5233 at the head of a train of new mainly 12 ton five-plank wagons as it climbs Wilmcote Bank
Ex-GWR 2-6-2T 'Large Prairie' No 4127 is seen descending Wilmcote Bank at the head of the 5:05pm Birmingham Moor Street to Stratford on Avon service
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Ex-GWR 2-6-2T No 4127 is descending Wilmcote Bank on the 5:05pm Moor Street to Stratford on Avon service
Ex-GWR 0-4-2T 58xx class No 5815 is descending Wilmcote Bank with the two-coach 5:48pm Leamington to Stratford on Avon local passenger service
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Ex-GWR 0-4-2T No 5815 is descends Wilmcote Bank with the 5:48pm Leamington to Stratford on Avon local service
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Castle class No 5047 'Earl of Dartmouth' is seen at the head of the main portion of the up Cornishman from Penzance to Wolverhampton
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Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 5047 'Earl of Dartmouth' at the head of the main portion of the up Cornishman from Penzance
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 5089  'Westminster Abbey' and ex-GWR 0-6-0 No 2211 near Wilmcote on 27th June 1964
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Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 5089 'Westminster Abbey' and ex-GWR 0-6-0 No 2211 near Wilmcote on 27th June 1964

British Railways built 4-6-0 Modified Hall class No 7926 'Willey Hall' is seen emerging from the up refuge siding whilst at the head of a northbound freight train
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BR built 4-6-0 No 7926 'Willey Hall'emerges from the up refuge siding at the head of a northbound freight train
Ex-GWR 4-6-0 Castle class No 5096 'Bridgewater Castle' is seen relegated to much lowly duties as it heads the 8:32 am Stratford on Avon to Snow Hill service
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Ex-GWR 4-6-0 No 5096 'Bridgewater Castle' at the heads the 8:32 am Stratford on Avon to Snow Hill service
Ex-GWR 0-6-0 2251 class No 3217 is seen passing under Station Road bridge on the 8:43am Stratford upon Avon to Leamington Spa local passenger service
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Ex-GWR 0-6-0 No 3217 on the 8:43am Stratford upon Avon to Leamington Spa local passenger service
British Railways built 4-6-0 Modified Hall class No 7918 'Rhose Wood Hall' passes the original Wilmcote station whilst at the head of a down mineral train
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British Railways built 4-6-0 Modified Hall class No 7918 'Rhose Wood Hall' passes the original Wilmcote station
BR built 4-6-0 Modified Hall No 7918 'Rhose Wood Hall' reaches the top of Wilmcote Bank unaided in June 1957
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BR built 4-6-0 Modified Hall No 7918 'Rhose Wood Hall' reaches the top of Wilmcote Bank unaided in June 1957

British Railways built 4-6-0 Modified Hall class No 7918 'Rhose Wood Hall' passes the original Wilmcote station whilst at the head of a down mineral train
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Signalling Record Society
A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Wilmcote Signal Box produced courtesy of the SRS
Close up showing the simple station structure on the platform and the open and covered wagons in the goods yard behind
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Great Western Railway
Gradient Profile of North Warwickshire Line from Birmingham Snow Hill to Honeybourne.